Faculty Advisor

Hanlan, James P.

Faculty Advisor

Mathews, Lauren M.

Project Center

Washington, DC


In 2004, the United States Coast Guard (USCG) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration cosigned the Memorandum of Agreement on Observer Safety. This document aims to improve the at-sea safety of National Marine Fisheries Service observers who regularly document catch on commercial fishing vessels. Through data analyses and interviews, we determined whether or not the expectations of the agreement have been met. Results of this project will potentially assist the USCG in continuing their mission of improving marine safety.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

December 2010

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Humanities and Arts

Advisor Department

Biology and Biotechnology